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Nearly all these stories take place in suburbia ... but a suburbia in some alternate universe. Not that Homes writes fantasy or science fiction; her characters and settings are all quite recognizable, but they do VERY odd things. The plentiful humor is edgy, even scary. A kid gets rejected by a kidnapper after not working out; a man becomes beguiled by teen girls and other doings at the mall; very young teens explore and use each other sexually, set fires in the neigborhood; a woman anguishes over her son who's in a coma after a car crash; and in a creepy but hilarious masterpiece, a young boy relates his erotic obsession with his sister's Barbie doll. Homes's stories stick to you like slime; you can't shake them off, but you also can't help but admire her considerable skill and invention.
This report prepared by David Loftus








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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   playing footsy while inconveniently married Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   midlife crisis Kind of sex:    -   molestation Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Taboo sex story?    -   Yes Drinking/Drugs problems?    -   alcohol Brain/Body disability?    -   physical disability

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   actual description of hetero sex    -   Boob talk!    -   Vagia talk!    -   Weiner talk!    -   two guys doing it Amount of dialog    -   little dialog

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